My Little Guy Broken Hearted From His Broken Sculpey Miniature Project:
I love polymer clay! In fact I even love Premo! polymer clay made by Sculpey. But what the heck was Sculpey thinking when they made Sculpey III!?
I’ve made a decent cane or two out of the stuff. And I have Sculpey 3 beads that I really love a lot. So why am I so mad? Because Sculpey iii projects almost always break!!!! Even when I’ve tried to firm up this clay by taking out the plasticisers before molding and baking it.
Both my kids and my cousin’s kids have cried because of Sculpey III! After working hard on little miniature sculptures and beads that baked up beautifully, the kids play with them… Duh!! Then they break. Then they cry!!!
Cheap, soft and in more colors than any other polymer clay, Sculpey III is marketed to kids and to beginners. These two groups in my opinion, are the last ones that should be using it.
Polyform which makes the Sculpey brand has a variety of polymer clay products, some of which are excellent. My favorite one is Premo! It’s strong and durable yet soft enough to work with out of the package.
So why the heck does Polyform bother to make a crappy product (IMO) like Sculpey III? And then market it to kids and beginners who will ultimately quit working with it out of disappointment when their stuff breaks?
I would suggest that Sculpey only offer their super great products that’ll hook customers into their brand for life.
My son is crazy about polymer clay. When he makes something out of Premo it lasts. And then he makes more stuff. He gets better at it and I buy him more clay.
Wake up Polyform! You may think that more Sculpey iii is getting sold because beginners and kids want one of every color. But trust me, they won’t buy more if it makes them cry.
I know you have just brought out the new Studio by Sculpey line that I haven’t even tried yet. Maybe that’s a good one for beginners… we’ll see.
I also know there are other polymer clay artists who are having great success with Sculpey III. But my guess is they’re not following the directions on the package and have their own way to make it more durable.
My suggestion to Polyform is to make more colors and sparkly stuff in the Premo! line for the kids and beginners. And then get rid of Sculpey III altogether so that no one has to cry anymore. Polymer clay should be a happy experience for everyone.